By Tony O’Riley-
A man has been found guilty at Northampton Crown Court after sexually ‘taking advantage’ of a four-year-old boy.
Matthew David Stephen Benson, was found guilty by a jury in Northampton for sexually abusing a boy he was left alone with for just 15 minutes.
Northamptonshire Police say the 26-year-old abused the boy on May 19, 2019, when “as a trusted adult”, he “took advantage” of the time alone with the child.
The young child disclosed the offence to a parent shortly after and they were called immediately.
Benson was subsequently arrested and charged with sexual activity with a child under 13 and with causing a child to watch a sexual act. He was found guilty of both offences on Friday, September 24.
The Eye Of Media.Com heard that Benson was summoned to court by post and not arrested at the time
Lead Investigator, DC Kirstie Brooks, said: “I am pleased that the jury in this case saw through Matthew Benson’s lies and rightfully found him guilty of these offences.
“Thankfully, the child in this case has a very limited memory of what happened on that evening and is flourishing in school and in life generally.
“I hope the result here brings a small comfort to his parents who have suffered greatly as a result of Benson’s actions.
“I would like to thank both parents and the little boy for their support throughout our investigation and the courage and strength they all showed in the court room.
“Northamptonshire Police takes reports of this nature very seriously and we will always ensure a thorough and professional investigation is undertaken in order to bring the offenders of these crimes to justice and to safeguard the victims involved.”
Benson will be sentenced on November 26, 2021.